ROME – Ten new recruits with the Rome police department were sworn in on Wednesday.
The nine men and one woman took the test in Dec. 2017, and now nine of them are headed to the police academy, while the tenth is already an officer.
The new recruits passed the extensive screenings, physical agility tests, background checks and a polygraph test, along with a psychological exam.
“Nobody ever calls the police because they’re having a good day,” said Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach. “It doesn't matter if somebody just had their bicycle stolen or if they were just assaulted in a domestic incident, involved in an accident, there’s just all different types of things that they’re going to have to deal with … and there’s a lot of things, just life experience that you haven't gone through yet. But that's why they go through such intense training.”
The nine recruits headed to the police academy will begin their training on Monday.